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Oregon State announces that football coach 'mutually agreed' to step down; assistant coach Hall takes over on interim basis

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Gary Andersen coaches Oregon State during its 2017 game against Washington.Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced the departure of football coach Gary Andersen late Monday morning.

Barnes, in a statement released by the university's sports information department, said Andersen and OSU mututally agreed to part ways and assistant coach Cory Hall will take over the program on an interim basis while Barnes and President Ed Ray search for the next coach.

Andersen agreed to waive the remaining money on his contract, the university said.

OSU extended his contract by one year, through 2021, after last season.

Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced the departure of football coach Gary Andersen late Monday morning.

Barnes, in a statement released by the university's sports information department, said Andersen and OSU mututally agreed to part ways and assistant coach Cory Hall will take over the program on an interim basis while Barnes and President Ed Ray search for the next coach.

Andersen agreed to waive the remaining money on his contract, the university said.

Andersen, quoted in the school statement, said he had "many discussions with Scott," after which he decided that to waive his contract "is the correct decision and enables the young men and the program to move forward in a position to succeed on and off the field. Success comes when all parties involved are moving in the same direction."

Barnes called the change "an exceptionally difficult time for me, personally and professionally. I have known Gary for many years and respect him highly as a person, my friend, a head football coach and an incredible leader of young men."

The Beavers are 1-5 this season, 0-3 in the Pac-12. They have lost four in a row since rallying late to edge Portland State, 35-32. Last Saturday, OSU lost at USC, 38-10. Six games remain, starting with Saturday's 1 p.m. home game against Colorado.

"The timing of this is very difficult; however it is the best for all involved," Barnes said.

Andersen's decision to waive his remaining compensation is "unprecedented in major college athletics," Barnes said. "His decision is made for the right reasons and values, and it speaks volumes about the kind of honorable person that Gary Andersen is."HALL

Hall, 40, joined Oregon State as cornerbacks coach in January 2016, after having coached at Washington State, Weber State and Wisconsin. He played six NFL seasons, after graduating from Fresno State. He is from Bakersfield, California.

Andersen, 53, was head coach of Wisconsin football in 2013-14, Utah State in 2009-12 and Southern Utah in 2003. He became Oregon State's head coach in December 2014, and his Beavers teams were 7-23 overall, including 4-8 with a Civil War victory, 34-24, over Oregon last season.

Andersen was set to make about $2.65 million in base salary this season, going up by $100,000 per year. The 2016 extension added a seventh year to his original six-year deal. The remaining amount of base salary at the time of his departure was nearly $13 million. He will be paid the remainder of his salary for this season, bringing the total that would have been due to him to $11.6 million.

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